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The Reading Room

A place for bibliophiles to share their thoughts on recent reads and well-loved tomes.
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The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman, review: 'hugely likeable' - Telegraph -
The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman, review: 'hugely likeable' - Telegraph
The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman, review: 'hugely likeable' - Telegraph
"High-quality intellectual! Yes, I mean you! You are thinking: What is Rise & Fall of Great Powers? Is history book? No! Is book for give big muscles? No, no! (After read this book, you still contain only small muscles. Sorry.) It is NOVEL about entire of world in last quarter-century, from end of Cold War, to up and down of America power, to tech revolution of today. But mostly, is novel about my favourite person, Tooly Zylberberg, and secrets of her life. I am careful now - danger I say too much. I give only bit more: Tooly is bookseller in countryside of Wales. Always, she is reading. But one story she never understand: story of her past. When she is girl, strange items happen. She is taken away, around Asia, Europe, America, for many years with mystery persons. Why for? I cannot say on back of book! One of mystery persons is me, Humphrey, old man from Russia who cheats in Ping-Pong and eats avocados. There is Sarah, who drives us crazy, and not in good way. Also, there is Duncan... more... - Eivind from Bookmarklet
I loved it :) - Eivind from Android
Is now on my Amazon wishlist. :^) - Friar Will
Sounds interesting, it's on my Kindle-Fiction list. :) - CAJ hates pants
Hope you guys enjoy it :) - Eivind
2014 Locus Awards Winners. SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL: Abaddon’s Gate, James S.A. Corey / FANTASY NOVEL: The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman / YOUNG ADULT BOOK: The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two, Catherynne M. Valente / FIRST NOVEL: Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie.
A Word from Kenneth Branagh. "Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross introduced me properly to Shakespeare, strange but true."
"Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross introduced me properly to Shakespeare, strange but true. It was during an early English Literature class. Our reluctant group of novice Shakespeareans were all prepared for a turgid beginning to our high school literature studies. As a mixture of nervous dread and dull groans spread around the room, Mr. Grue, our teacher, brought out an ancient record player, which he placed on his desk. There was a little excitement. Perhaps he was going to play us a recording of Romeo and Juliet and at least save us the toe-curling embarrassment of reading this incomprehensible stuff aloud. "Listen to this," he announced in a voice that commanded attention. Imagine our surprise when out of this Edisonian contraption came the familiar strains of the chart hit "You Are Everything." Strains is the right word, as the number began with a low orgasmic growling the rang from the seriously Mr. Gaye and a soaringly moist response from Miss Ross's much affected soprano. Mr. Grue... more... - Betsy
Katy S
I'm really sad Walter Dean Myers died.
Katy S
Women Remember: A Roundtable Interview - Lightspeed Magazine -
Women Remember: A Roundtable Interview - Lightspeed Magazine
Women Remember: A Roundtable Interview - Lightspeed Magazine
Women Remember: A Roundtable Interview - Lightspeed Magazine
"Pat: If you ever want to see writers treated like rock stars, go to an American Library Association convention and watch for a YA genre writer to show up. The librarians don’t scream and faint, but it’s a near thing. I saw the reception for Robert Cormier, author of The Chocolate War. I don’t think anyone threw underwear at him, but I wouldn’t be surprised." - Katy S from Bookmarklet
If people at ALA really did start throwing underwear at authors, I'd want to be there to see it. - Katy S
It sort of happened for Neil himself (sorta) - Aaron the Librarian from Android
That would not surprise me. - Katy S from iPhone
Empire's Crossroads review – 'a strikingly assured history of the Caribbean' | Books | The Observer -
Empire's Crossroads review – 'a strikingly assured history of the Caribbean' | Books | The Observer
Empire's Crossroads review – 'a strikingly assured history of the Caribbean' | Books | The Observer
"At heart, Gibson may be diametrically opposed to empire apologists like Niall Ferguson, but she can also write about empire with a broad perspective, placing the history of the Caribbean in the context of major global developments. The Protestant Reformation emboldened northern Europeans to disregard papal orders and enter West Indian waters. The French Revolution was an important catalyst for the uprising on Saint-Domingue that led to Haitian independence. And Napoleon's invasion of Spain helped bring about the collapse of its New World empire, which vanished entirely when Cuba and Puerto Rico fell under American influence in 1898. That does not mean events in the Caribbean have merely been a sideshow. As its title implies, Empire's Crossroads puts the region at the centre of clashes between the European powers (although one wonders if it should have been called Empires' Crossroads), noting the influence it has had – for good or ill – on industrialisation, the concept of human... more... - Eivind from Bookmarklet
Katy S
Are there any authors whose work, in theory, you should love but just don't?
For me it's Catherynne Valente. Every time her work is described to me, it sounds like something that I would love. Then I read it and I just don't. - Katy S
Lev Grossman. - Jennifer Dittrich
China Mieville. - RepoRat
I have mixed feelings about Mieville. I really liked his YA novel Un Lun Dun, but I haven't been as engaged with his adult work. - Katy S
Neil Gaiman. - Soup in a TARDIS
After slogging through two of the Bas Lag novels and hating them, I didn't even bother looking at Un Lun Dun. Possibly I should. - RepoRat
Kameron Hurley. There's such a thing as *too* grim-n-gritty. - RepoRat
I haven't been able to finish Perdido Street Station, but loved Un Lun Dun, City and the City and Kraken. They felt very different. - Jennifer Dittrich
Cherie Priest too, come to think of it. - Soup in a TARDIS
Steinbeck. Of Mice and Men was good in the sense that it had moral concepts and was a "thinky" book, but I've hated everything else I've read of his. I feel like The Grapes of Wrath is so classic I should read it, but I just can't make myself. He's also the only author I've started a book and stopped. - Heather
Charles Dickens. - Jennifer Dittrich
Guy who wrote Ulysses ? Ugh. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Jenny H.
Twitter conversation with Christopher Moore! *dies a little happy death* #fangirl
And now I want to re-read Lamb. :) - Jenny H. from Android
This is so awesome! :) - Ken Morley
Woooooah - Stephen Mack
I'm still smiling about it. :) - Jenny H. from Android
Katy S
How long ago does a book need to be set before you consider it historical fiction.
Prior to the author's lived experience, I guess? - RepoRat
well...if you go by one of asimov's short stories...or was it of the two, history happens as soon as it's past. so this very conversation is already historical even before i finish typing :) - Sir Shuping is just sir
Usually about 10-15 years or so prior to writing? Events will color how you write about the past, even the near past. I'd consider something like "Platoon" historical, even though it was produced not /that/ long after the Vietnam war had ended. - Jennifer Dittrich
I don't read much historical fiction, but I guess I wouldn't think of it as a matter of time elapsed, but more as fiction that depends on a specific historical backdrop for specific plot points. - Victor Ganata
Victor - that's how I've been thinking about it, but I've been listening to people today state that certain time periods (as written by modern authors) that occurred before I was born can't be historical fiction. I think they're trying to not feel old by classifying things set during their lifetime as not being historical fiction. - Katy S from iPhone
my pet peeves in this area: 1) is contemporary fiction written, say, a century ago historical fiction? 2) it can't be historical fiction if it's got dragons in it. that makes it fantasy. IMO - Christina Pikas
oh and eleanor and park is called historical fiction in overdrive, i think. what is that in the 1990s? - Christina Pikas
I'm with Victor on this. It depends if the time period is an integral part of the story or whether it's just scenery :-) - Heleninstitches
teen readers here talked about E & P as historical fiction during our panel - maʀtha
Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children From Birth - -
Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children From Birth -
"In between dispensing advice on breast-feeding and immunizations, doctors will tell parents to read aloud to their infants from birth, under a new policy that the American Academy of Pediatrics will announce on Tuesday. With the increased recognition that an important part of brain development occurs within the first three years of a child’s life, and that reading to children enhances vocabulary and other important communication skills, the group, which represents 62,000 pediatricians across the country, is asking its members to become powerful advocates for reading aloud, every time a baby visits the doctor. “It should be there each time we touch bases with children,” said Dr. Pamela High, who wrote the new policy. It recommends that doctors tell parents they should be “reading together as a daily fun family activity” from infancy. This is the first time the academy — which has issued recommendations on how long mothers should nurse their babies and advises parents to keep children... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Reading, as well as talking and singing, is viewed as important in increasing the number of words that children hear in the earliest years of their lives. Nearly two decades ago, an oft-cited study found that by age 3, the children of wealthier professionals have heard words millions more times than have those of less educated, low-income parents, giving the children who have heard... more... - Jessie
"Reading aloud is also a way to pass the time for parents who find endless baby talk tiresome. “It’s an easy way of talking that doesn’t involve talking about the plants outside,” said Erin Autry Montgomery, a mother of a 6-month-old boy in Austin, Tex. Low-income children are often exposed little to reading before entering formal child care settings. “We have had families who do not... more... - Jessie
Well, yeah... - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
Another way to get kids' books into homes is the Dolly Parton Imagination Station: one free book a month mailed to the child, every month from birth until fifth birthday: . (Hey, there's a version for blind kids, too. ) - Betsy
i read to my babies from birth because i knew about the research, but everyone thought i was crazy or weird. hope this gets more attention - Christina Pikas
Jenny H.
I have read every novel, novella, and short story Stephen King has written up til 2000 and a handful since then. #SaturdayFF These are some of my favorites:
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I like all of those, too. For a while I had read everything and then I stopped for some reason. Mr. Mercedes is the first I've read (aside from some anthologized short stories) in quite some time. I don't know if I'll go back and read all that I've missed, but I might have to revisit some of those short story collections. - Katy S
I read Joyland recently and quite liked it. I've probably read 10-20% of his output but even that seems like a lot. - John Dupuis
I was a little obsessed between ages 11 and 17. - Katy S
Me too, Katy. Mostly, it was what I had available to read at my house. ;) Most of his early work, I read by the time I was 15. - Jenny H. from Android
Crazier than a shithouse rat. *giggles* - Jenny H. from Android
My mom checked them out for me at the library before I turned 12 (at that time, kids under 12 couldn't check out books in the adult department). Then I started blowing my allowance on his books. :) - Katy S
I just borrowed my mom's beat up paperbacks. :) - Jenny H. from Android
I was the only one who read horror in our family. Thankfully, my parents weren't into censoring what I read and were more than happy to provide access to it. - Katy S
That's good. My mom didn't seem to care what I was reading, as long as I was quiet while she was reading. :) - Jenny H. from Android
Their general philosophy regarding censoring kids' reading is that if you keep your kids from reading something, they'll seek it out and hide it and, when they have questions about it, they won't talk to you. - Katy S
That's pretty wise! - Jenny H. from Android
I've read 64 out 72 of King's books, according to this quiz thingy: - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I think the last King book I completed was Needful Things. I tried both Gerald's Game and Insomnia but didn't finish either. Haven't read him since. - Akiva
Starmama, that's a lot! Akiva, Gerald's Game was beyond awful. I liked Insomnia because my mom had the same form (early waking), so I found it interesting. He's written some crap, for sure, but I've enjoyed 70-75% of what I've read. - Jenny H. from Android
I liked the idea behind Insomnia but it seriously needed editing. I swear there were 100 pages of the main character just sitting on his porch or looking in his closet. It just droned on and on. - Akiva
Well I've had plenty of time...I first read Carrie in 1979, have been hooked on his writing ever since :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
34 for me (although there were a couple I couldn't remember one way or the other so I didn't count them). It looks like I pretty much stopped with the novels after Gerald's Game, too, but I kept reading his short story collections and nonfiction. - Katy S from iPhone
I should at least read On Writing. I've heard good things about it but I have just so little respect for him as a writer. He's a great storyteller but he's not even close to the level of writers I really adore like DFW, Pynchon, Calvino, Wolfe, Barthelme, Davidson, Ligotti, etc. He's like Zelazny: he just churns out book after book and they're almost all good but they're like cars coming off an assembly line. - Akiva
Akiva - I really think that his short stories and novellas are his best work. To me, anyway, his writing feels more focused when he's restrained by length. - Katy S
On Writing is quite good. I read Carrie as a HS freshman - don't think I read much of King's fiction after that except the occasional short story. - Corinne L
But, I don't read his work because I think it will be of the highest literary quality. :) Having said that, comparing his work to some Amish-Christian fiction I tried out recently (I was trying to read outside of my comfort zone), his writing looks like the work of a genius. I can't even begin to tell you how bad those books were. - Katy S
Katy, totally. The Long Walk is probably the best thing he's ever written outside of The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet. Rage, too, is another favorite of mine although that's quite controversial now. And I know I'm being a pompous smug wad but, as a writer, I'm just extra critical; it's tough for me to just let go and be a reader. - Akiva
I can be pretty critical, too. I've had to learn to tone that down a bit in public when doing readers' advisory - I can't push my preferences over what people actually want and be effective. I do like the Richard Bachman novellas. The Long Walk is thoroughly engaging. - Katy S
I agree that he excels at novellas and short stories. The Long Walk is one that has haunted me since childhood. So good. Rage was excellent, but definitely dark. - Jenny H. from Android
Song of the Vikings by Nancy Marie Brown review – a remarkable insight into a lost world | Books | The Guardian -
Song of the Vikings by Nancy Marie Brown review – a remarkable insight into a lost world | Books | The Guardian
Song of the Vikings by Nancy Marie Brown review – a remarkable insight into a lost world | Books | The Guardian
"JRR Tolkien thought his students should read more Snorri Sturluson than Shakespeare. The 13th-century Icelandic writer and chieftain was the author of three hugely influential books of stories (the Edda, Heimskringla and Egil's Saga) that created the Viking world we are familiar with today: the myths of Valhalla and the Valkyries, stories of elves, dwarfs, dragons and their gods – one-eyed Odin and red-bearded Thor – as well as the Twilight of the Gods, or Ragnarök. "Snorri is the Homer of the North," says Brown in this wonderfully evocative biography, rich with Norse myths, told against the stark backdrop of Iceland in the middle ages. Snorri grew up in the shadow of Hekla, a volcano known as the Mouth of Hell. He was "crafty, cunning and ambitious", and his scheming led to a violent end. But thanks to his "wizardry with words" he lives on in our imaginations, inspiring the likes of Richard Wagner, Neil Gaiman and Tolkien, whose Bilbo Baggins is like Snorri himself: "fat, cowardly,... more... - Eivind from Bookmarklet
Kendall and Kylie Jenner's Sci-Fi Novel Is Now a Dystopian Reality -
Kendall and Kylie Jenner's Sci-Fi Novel Is Now a Dystopian Reality
"Rebels came out Tuesday and has a one-star average on Amazon so far. But, to be fair to the Jenners (and especially to Sloan), most of the reviewers haven't actually read the book. ("My dog loves the feel of paper on his butt." - An Amazon Reviewer)" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
*weeps for the state of literature* - Jessie
A sci-fi novel? About what, how to pick up an alien at The Chalmun's Cantina? - Eric - Back to the Grill
Katy S
Summer of Sleaze: The Little People | -
Summer of Sleaze: The Little People |
"John Christopher (born Samuel Youd) is an author best known for his young adult science fiction stories that were turned into comics in Boy’s Life magazine, most notably The White Mountains, The City of Gold and Lead, and The Pool of Fire. But he also wrote for adults, and his The Little People published in 1966 has a cover by Hector Garrido (reproduced here) that might be paperback publishing’s Mona Lisa" - Katy S from Bookmarklet
I'm tempted to read this. Someone should probably talk me out of it. - Katy S
Not gonna do it. (Talk you out of if, that is <G>) - Katie
I need to find a copy with that cover. - Katy S
Eric Logan
IRS Tax Migration | How Money Walks | How $2 Trillion Moved between the States - A Book By Travis H. Brown -
IRS Tax Migration | How Money Walks | How $2 Trillion Moved between the States - A Book By Travis H. Brown
For many years now the IRS has been tracking the migration of Americans and their income across state and county lines. Every year they produce a detailed report on the tax migration of Americans, showing the amount of people and income that moved. How Money Walks maps this great migration of American income and raises important questions about American tax policy and how it profoundly affects growth and development in our country: - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Occupy was right: capitalism has failed the world | Books | The Observer -
Occupy was right: capitalism has failed the world | Books | The Observer
Occupy was right: capitalism has failed the world | Books | The Observer
"This is a huge book, more than 700 pages long, dense with footnotes, graphs and mathematical formulae. At first sight it is unashamedly an academic tome and seems both daunting and incomprehensible. In recent weeks and months the book has however set off fierce debates in the United States about the dynamics of capitalism, and especially the apparently unstoppable rise of the tiny elite that controls more and more of the world's wealth. In non-specialist blogs and websites across America, it has ignited arguments about power and money, questioning the myth at the very heart of American life – that capitalism improves the quality of life for everyone. This is just not so, says Piketty, and he makes his case in a clear and rigorous manner that debunks everything that capitalists believe about the ethical status of making money." - Eivind from Bookmarklet
""One of the great divisive forces at work today," he says, "is what I call meritocratic extremism. This is the conflict between billionaires, whose income comes from property and assets, such as a Saudi prince, and super-managers. Neither of these categories makes or produces anything but their wealth, which is really a super-wealth that has broken away from the everyday reality of the... more... - Eivind
"Some people claim that the takeoff at the very top reflects the emergence of a new class of “superstars”—entrepreneurs, entertainers, sports stars, authors, and the like—who have exploited new technologies, such as the Internet, to enlarge their earnings at the expense of others in their field. If this is true, high rates of inequality may reflect a harsh and unalterable reality:... more... - Eivind
Some Reflections On Thomas Piketty’s ‘Capital’: - Eivind
Why We’re in a New Gilded Age - Hami
Thomas Piketty's 'Capital' in 3 minutes: - Eivind
Logical conclusion of Pikkety's thesis. - Eric Logan
No, that's just lipstick on a greedy capitalist pig, it seems. - Eivind
I am not an advocate just aware of the effort and that's only one of many connected sites. There is also a grass roots campaign. Called Occupy :) - Eric Logan from FFHound!
I've heard of this Occupy, and I'm way more sympathetic towards that than someone who claims to be fighting for "meritocracy" :) - Eivind
I didn't catch what "Meritocratic Democracy" actually means? Is merit measured in votes? - Eivind
That’s Meritocratic Democracy. - Eric Logan
An Introduction to Meritocratic Democracy. - Eric Logan
"Qualified Universal Suffrage" that's the kicker. - Eric Logan
Meritocracy is a placeholder for however the person thinks the world should work all dressed up as a universal truth. - Todd Hoff
Fidel Castro promised the Cuban people a better life with less inequality, tyranny and corruption. We all know how that worked out. I would like to actually try Capitalism in my lifetime before we discard it. - Eric Logan
And what would that mean Eric? - Todd Hoff
Seems that blind adherence to any rigid doctrine is bound to fail. Adapt or die, said Chuckie Darwin. - Victor Ganata
"We've never really implemented *true* capitalism" totally echoes what the Communists were saying as Communist regimes started collapsing: "We've never really implemented *true* communism." - Victor Ganata
Isn't that what the Keynesian's are saying too? Not enough stimulus. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Keynesians are still capitalists, though. - Victor Ganata
Since we've never seen an economy grow without the ability to exploit a low cost commons, stimulus seems to be the necessary spark to growth. - Todd Hoff
Keynesianism is managed Capitalism. The smartest thing he ever said was a self fulfilling prophecy. “Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.” - Eric Logan
Seems to me that all capitalists except the most die-hard ideologues agree that in certain circumstances (not EVERY circumstance), fiscal stimulus and/or monetary policy stimulus is helpful. In practice, the real question is about magnitude and duration. The Keynesians/neo-Keynesians aren't the ones screaming "We must do this ALL THE TIME, EVERY TIME, no matter the circumstances and no matter the human cost!" - Victor Ganata
Every president in my lifetime has used some form of Keynesian monetary policy and here we stand complaining about a new gilded age and startling inequality. The site that I linked touts a second enlightenment, preparation for the largest wealth redistribution in the history of mankind. Isn't it time for a 100 % inheritance tax ? Isn't it time for an age of compassion and equality ? I hope it works out well, it sounds really utopian. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Congress rarely passes significant fiscal stimulus and the Fed always turns the spigot off when there's even a whiff of inflation, so, yeah, while fiscal and monetary stimulus is in their armamentarium, it's not their answer to every single situation the way "Cut spending! Pay down debt! Cut taxes!" is the answer to every situation for ideologues. - Victor Ganata
Available on kindle. - Todd Hoff
""What I argue for is a progressive tax, a global tax, based on the taxation of private property" - any evidence that this will have the desired effect? He finds other options barbaric, but that's far from sound reasoning. Any experiments that can be pointed to? - Todd Hoff
I have only read the introduction (and myriad reviews) so far, so I don't know how it's presented. (I'll probably get to it next week.) If the global wealth tax is progressive enough it surely must cause redistribution and counter the growth of huge fortunes? Or is that not the effect you were thinking of? - Eivind
This is worth watching on this topic. - Eric Logan
If the global wealth tax is progressive enough, offshore will mushroom, and enforcement cost will grow. - непростые коротышки
Bitcoin will be taxed like capital gains according to the most recent guidance. - Eric Logan
If you can keep your assets in offshore accounts or Bitcoin, more power to you, I guess, but odds are you're going to have to cash out into a fiat currency of a country with strong taxing authority to get anything useful done at some point…. And a scant percentage of the proceeds being redistributed to those who are likely to spend it rather than hoard it is better than nothing at all. - Victor Ganata
If your investing in Bitcoin and not using a service like Coinbase and verifying your identity your just asking to get taken. - Eric Logan
"One of the best things about Piketty’s masterwork is his systematic demolition of his own discipline. Academic economics, especially in the United States, has for decades been gripped by a kind of professional pretentiousness that is close to pathological. From time to time its great minds have grown so impressed by their own didactic awesomeness that they celebrate economics as “the... more... - Eivind
As good as every review I've read points out how "enormous" and "huge" this book is. My Kindle version is 577 pages long (+notes and bibliography and such). I've probably read more pages of reviews than that by now :) - Eivind
Eric Logan
Trust Nothing, Verify Everything. Thomas Piketty Capital in the Twenty-First Century: Surprisingly entertaining. -
Trust Nothing, Verify Everything. Thomas Piketty Capital in the Twenty-First Century: Surprisingly entertaining.
Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century is going to be the hottest beach read of the summer. Currently residing at No. 1 on Amazon and crushing Flash Boys and A Game of Thrones, the French economist’s magnum opus on wealth, capital, inequality, and politics has garnered much praise across the political spectrum. As a software engineer trained to trust nothing and verify everything, I can give no greater compliment to Piketty’s book than that it is backed by actual evidence, and mountains of it. - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Katy S
Parent calls cops on teen for giving books away at a book giveaway -
Parent calls cops on teen for giving books away at a book giveaway
"The goal of World Book Night is to put a free, ultra-readable book into the hands of a reluctant reader. Kissel and her fellow teens had no problem finding takers for Alexie's controversial book. They gave away all but 20 copies. And then, of course, irate parents ruined it by literally calling the cops to the scene. Boise news station KBOI reported that even the cops were baffled about why they'd been asked to police a book giveaway. KBOI reported that police had been summoned by "someone concerned about teenagers picking up a copy of the book without having a parent's permission." Gee, it's almost like banning books from schools makes teens more likely to independently find and read those books. The cops apparently saw nothing wrong with Kissel's activities, nor with the book's brief mentions of masturbation, one of the oft-cited reasons for its being so frequently challenged." - Katy S from Bookmarklet
Too bad the caller wasn't punished the way people who call 911 for nothing are. - Spidra Webster
^^This - Soup in a TARDIS
People are idiots. - Katy S
Katy S
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists -
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists
Interested in YA magical realism? This one's pretty good. - Katy S from Bookmarklet
Eric Logan
It’s not every day that an academic work, written by a French economist and published by a university press, is celebrated as a “watershed book,” but this is what commentators are saying about Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century—at least, liberal commentators. The New York Times’s Paul Krugman, among others, has deemed Capital the most important economic book in a decade. Less ideological readers should be more cautious. Piketty’s book is important and deserves respect: his 700-page opus, a decade in the making, brings together an incredible amount of data on the accumulation of capital since the Industrial Revolution. If you want to know, say, the relative income of a landowner in the United States or in France compared with an entrepreneur in the mid-nineteenth century, Piketty has an answer. Piketty also helps explain why the French remember their revolution and the subsequent Napoleonic period fondly: “It was an era of relative high wages for the lower class... more... - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Eric Logan
‘Love and Math,’ The Heart of Hidden Reality by Edward Frenkel - -
‘Love and Math,’ The Heart of Hidden Reality by Edward Frenkel -
Frenkel believes math deserves to be an integral part of our culture. Why is every­one talking about planets, atoms and DNA and not symmetry groups? For one thing, you can’t get cancer from a mutation of a symmetry group. But Frenkel writes that math “directs the flow of the universe.” It’s as elegant as music and as much a part of our intellectual heritage as literature. He strives to awaken our wonder by taking us on an equation-packed tour of his research, in which he reveals a “hidden” world few of us encountered in school. As a student, Frenkel, too, shunned math. He was seduced by physics and particularly fascinated by the theory of quarks, the building blocks for, among other things, the protons and neutrons that make up the atomic nucleus. At 14, he learned that quark theory was based on the mathematics of symmetry groups. He fell in love and never looked back. - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
If we understood quaternion math--the most difficult math that even mathematicians can't grasp--we would be able to understand electromagnetic energy. An Irishman invented quaternion math in 1845. Maxwell's theory was originally in quaternion equations. Heaviside and Gibbs mutilate Maxwell's theory by reducing the 20 quaternion equations to four vector ones. And so we lost the unified field theory. - MRW_8
Eric Logan
Innovation: The Government Was Crucial After All by Jeff Madrick | The New York Review of Books -
Innovation: The Government Was Crucial After All by Jeff Madrick | The New York Review of Books
The LS3, a four-legged rough-terrain robot designed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA and the US Marine Corps to accompany soldiers anywhere they go on foot, and to help respond to natural and man-made disasters, at the DARPA Robotics ­Challenge Trials, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Florida, December 2013. That month, Boston Dynamics was acquired by Google, which says it will honor existing contracts with DARPA but is rejecting other DARPA funding. - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Stephen Mack
April is upon us! Do you read? Want to discuss a book with fellow FFers? Why then, please join us in the Kindler's List room. You don't need a Kindle, but if you happen to have one, you can read this book for free if you have Amazon Prime. -
April is upon us! Do you read? Want to discuss a book with fellow FFers? Why then, please join us in the Kindler's List room. You don't need a Kindle, but if you happen to have one, you can read this book for free if you have Amazon Prime.
This month's selection: The Seventh Child by Erik Valeur, translated by K.E. Semmel. - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
All are welcome! - Stephen Mack
Jenny H.
I read Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel when I was 16 years old. It just dawned on me that it was the first book I read in the magical realism genre (which is now one of my favorite literary genres). It was wonderful. #SaturdayFF -
I haven't read the book, but I saw the movie twice, loved it so much. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I enjoyed the film, as well. :) - Jenny H.
I haven't read the book or watched the film, but I do, on occasion, enjoy chocolate :) - Eivind
Go home, Eivind. - Jenny H.
I'll allow it, Eivind. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
\(^_^)/ - Eivind
Oh! I like that genre, too. Any recommendations beyond this book? - Marie
did you play the cd at those sections it was marked at? #adored this book. still do actually. - Lnorigb
All I remember about this book is the sex-on-a-horse scene. And the way my English teacher kept talking about it while fanning herself. >.> - Soup in a TARDIS
Marie, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende and anything by Haruki Murakami. :) - Jenny H. from Android
I didn't, Lnor, but I'm tempted to go back now! - Jenny H. from Android
I write in the same genre but in my stories, everyone’s miserable all the time. - Akiva
Go home, Akiva. - Jenny H. from Android
I already have my bus pass. - Akiva
I had no idea magical realism was a genre! I read Like Water for Chocolate and Winter's Tale ages ago! - Yvonne
HIGH SCHOOL | MT, USA | (It is just one month into my job after being hired as the new English teacher. Before I was hired, the superintendent informed me that I would be coming up with a new curriculum for secondary level English. The day finally comes for me to present the new curriculum.) Superintendent: “Oh, [My Name]! Glad to see you here bright and early. Let’s go into the conference room. Luckily, everyone is early today, so we can get started right away.” (I wasn’t informed there would be anyone else, but thought nothing of it at that moment. I gathered my materials and went to the conference room. There I found the math teacher, science teacher, music teacher, and the superintendent. It takes about an hour to run through my entire curriculum plan.) Me: “Are there any questions?” Music Teacher: “We want the students to be ready for college. I specifically want them to be able to get any reference or joke made about all of the classics.” Me: “I’m happy to hear that you agree... more... - Betsy brain just broke. - Sir Shuping is just sir
Exactly like this - lris
Let me just leave the application of this to arguments about library-school curricula to the imagination, shall I, then? - RepoRat
iris that seems strangely familiar to me actually... - Sir Shuping is just sir
Katy S
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights: Steve Sheinkin: 9781596437968: Books -
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights: Steve Sheinkin: 9781596437968: Books
If you're looking for good YA nonfiction, I recommend this one. - Katy S from Bookmarklet
You'd think as a gunnery officer I would have had to study that but I don't think I learned about it until I was off the ship. I think there was a tv special and the I read about it. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
I'm really glad Sheinkin did such a good job with it for a middle school/high school audience. He writes great nonfiction for that age group, in general, but this is a particularly important story to tell. - Katy S
Katy S
This is my new favorite booktrailer. - Katy S from Bookmarklet
*promptly orders book* - Soup in a TARDIS
It looks to be wonderful. - Katy S
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